The Premier League can be a cruel place for struggling managers and the first to get sacked is a great market to get in on early with some interesting prices!
The new Premier League season is now four games in and after some questionable starts, some managers are feeling the pressure. Owners of Premier League clubs aren’t renowned for being the most patient and if a team isn’t doing well, they will make changes.
Last season, there were seven sackings in total. Javi Garcia was the first of which to lose his job at Watford, on September 7th. Watford were rock bottom at the time and needed a change after just five weeks. It didn’t help them though as they went on to have four different managers over the year and were still relegated.
With the international break currently on and another one in November there will most probably be one soon. Now is the best time to do so as it gives clubs and new managers time to settle in.
Sacking managers is an expensive task and clubs need to be sure things need to change before, or that they don’t have a long contract left and sacking them won’t break the bank! Hopefully, none will be handed as badly as Brighton when they sacked Gus Poyet!
Premier League Sack Race 2020/21 Odds (Betfair)
Slaven Bilic – 23/10
At the start of the season, Bilic wasn’t even one of the top five favourites to be relegated. However, like Fulham, West Brom has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League. They currently have three points from six games and are yet to win.
In their next four games, they take on Fulham, Spurs, Man United and Sheffield United. A loss to Fulham could be huge as they can overtake them in the league then. On top of this, they won’t be expected to get many, if any, points against United and Spurs. These next few weeks could be huge in terms of Bilic’s future at the club.
Scott Parker – 12/5
Fulham currently sits bottom of the Premier League table and have lost five games out of six. It feels like they are a dead cert to be relegated this season and are currently priced at 1/4 to go down. Scott Parker’s side have only scored five goals in the opening six games, three of which came against Leeds.
When Fulham were last in the Premier League in 2018/19, they made two managerial sackings which show they’re not scared to make a change. They can’t afford to go down again otherwise future players and managers may stop buying into the project. Fulham has a very tough run into Christmas. In their next six games, they take on Everton, Leicester, City and Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 11/2
At one point this season, Solskjaer was the favourite to get the sack. His side got off to a bad start in the Premier League with just one win out of three, but a win this weekend can see them three points off the top. United need to find some consistency though if Solskjaer wants to keep his job. As soon as his side loses a game they shouldn’t, the pressure mounts and the rumours start again.
His side has some tough fixtures coming up. They have Arsenal, Everton and Man City in their next six league fixtures as well as three more Champions League fixtures. One of these is against PSG and these are all tough games for Man United.
Frank Lampard – 17/2
When Lampard finished fourth last season this was seen as a good year for the club who had a new manager and weren’t allowed to make transfers. However, since then they have spent a lot of money on new players and as a result, the expectations are far higher.
Chelsea have won two out of six matches this season and have been disappointing. The owner won’t be too happy that his money hasn’t brought about good results yet. It could be a case they are taking time to gel, but Lampard will be desperate to get some more wins on the board soon.